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Who Done It? (1956)

This movie debut for saucy British TV comic Benny Hill has Benny leaving his job as a sweeper after winning some money. He becomes a private detective and investigates a plot to assassinate... See full summary »

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

T.E.B. Clarke (story), T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benny Hill ... Hugo Dill
Belinda Lee ... Frankie Mayne
David Kossoff ... Zacco
Garry Marsh ... Det. Inp. Hancock
George Margo George Margo ... Barakov
Ernest Thesiger ... Sir Walter Finch
Denis Shaw ... Professor Otto Stumpf
Frederick Schiller Frederick Schiller ... Gruber
Jeremy Hawk ... Himself
Thorley Walters ... Raymond Courtney
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... Jimmy Maddox, Frankie's Agent
Warwick Ashton Warwick Ashton ... P.C. Roberts
Stratford Johns ... P.C. Coleman
Nicholas Phipps ... Scientist
Peter Bull ... Scientist
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This movie debut for saucy British TV comic Benny Hill has Benny leaving his job as a sweeper after winning some money. He becomes a private detective and investigates a plot to assassinate British scientists. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blondinen og blodhunden See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Gaumont Kalee) (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Hugo Dill is outside the Uralian Legation building, Frankie Mayne and Raymond Courtney walk down a small set of steps two times out of the building opposite. See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Written by James Pierpont
Arranged by Philip Green
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Skating on thin ice
22 September 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

An Ealing spy caper to showcase the talents of Benny Hill who has a dual role. He plays Hugo Dill who gets the chance to be a private detective after he wins some money and a bloodhound in a mystery magazine competition.

Pretty soon Hugo gets caught up in a plot involving a weather changing machine being smuggled out of Britain and him being put up as a ringer for one of the foreign scientists that will set him up to be a fall guy.

He also inadvertently gets help from showgirl Frankie (Belinda Lee) who provides beauty and brawn as she is naturally strong and beats up the henchmen.

As a showcase for Hill, it allows him don various disguises and play up the bumbling fool who causes pandemonium and elicit exasperation from the local police inspector.

This is not one of the best Ealing comedies, it is rarely shown on television. There are some funny scenes such as Frankie knocking out the audience when she bangs a drum. Hill does his best to take advantage of a rare starring role in movies with a persona far removed from his saucy ITV sketch comedies of the 1970s and 1980s.

It was nice to spot several familiar actors such as Irene Handl, Charles Hawtrey and Harold Goodwin but overall this felt like a thin plot that was padded with slapstick.


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